I decided to start a journal to try and focus my training by tracking my progress and thinking out loud. I started working out about five years ago to try to hit home runs in beer league softball. I am 5'8'' and weighed roughly 135lbs when I started at age 34. The first four years I did a million different isolation exercises because I didn't know any better (I wanted to do squats, but was working out in my basement and had no squat rack).
In October of 2008 my buddy turned me on to Starting Strength. I joined a gym and made more progress in one year than the first four combined, last summer I was squatting 245lbs 5X5 and benching 200 3X5 and I was up to 170lbs pretty lean. I also hit my first homer in a game.
My wife recently had twins, and I was out of the gym for five months. I just started back last month. My intention was to go for hypertrophy on a real program (although I didn't bother to research one) this year as I dropped almost tens pounds in the time away and wanted to add size. My first day back in the gym was pathetic. I struggled to bench 135lbs for two sets of six. So I'm back to sticking to SS. Hopefully I can track my progress and get some strength back so I can make a decision in the next month on which way I want to go this year hypertrophy vs power. I keep swaying back and forth between goals. Some days it is 200 bench, 300 squats and 400 dl, some days I think it will be to get to 185 lbs lean. I will need to decide soon or else waste time working towards the wrong goal.
Today is squat, press, hang cleans (I can't drop the weights at my gym so I don't do the powercleans) day. I hope to complete my sets @ 220 squats, 130 press and 125 hangcleans.
I am an admitted novice despite the years I have trained. I have lurked here for a few years and read the great info from everyone. I like the idea of getting as strong as possible, but having lived most of my life as a scrawny guy, the idea of getting big is also appealing. I just need to decide what will be the best route as I creep up on forty.